Sydney Furstenburg + Ben Furstenburg | Oct 14, 2017
Sydney was working at Ben’s parent’s restaurant when Ben came home from college to visit. It wasn’t long before he found himself coming home more and more often to see Sydney. A few months later, they were dating!
In May 2015, Sydney was on a study abroad trip and joined Ben and his family on their annual beach trip a couple days late. After they all enjoyed dinner at Sydney’s favorite restaurant in the Outer Banks, they went back to the house and Ben asked her if she wanted to take a walk on the beach. Since it was raining and almost sunset, she thought it was a little odd but obliged. The two of them and Ben’s two younger brothers set off for the beach with a selfie stick in hand. Ben’s brothers were walking behind them, and little did Sydney know, but one had a ring box (which he sneakily handed off to Ben) and the other was taking pictures. She and Ben stopped to pose for a picture with the beautiful post-rain colors behind them and Ben got down on one knee and proposed! To make the moment even more special, the ring was in a box that belonged to Ben’s grandparents.
When it came to planning their wedding, Sydney and Ben planned the day, with the help of A Touch of Southern Events, around their favorite things – good food, good beer and being with the families. They chose The Lily Pad as their venue after falling in love with the sprawling acres and serene outdoorsy feel. Prior to their gorgeous outdoor ceremony on the sprawling lawn, Sydney and Ben shared a first look, photographed by Stacey K Photo, which they said was the perfect way to get the nerves out of the way and share in a moment just the two of them.
After their ceremony, Sydney and Ben were able to kick back and enjoy their time with friends and family. Their reception was full of personal touches and hand-crafted décor that looked amazing against the white walls of the open-air barn. Wooden centerpieces and dark red and pink florals adorned the tables for the perfect touch of rustic pretty. Giant flower chandeliers, twinkle lights and white drapery added a touch of drama to the space. As a nod to their love of food and beer, the couple’s favorite food truck, Cockadoodlemoo, served dinner paired with a keg of Trophy Wife, a beer from their favorite brewery, served by Pour Bar Services. They also included several family touches in their day; Ben’s wedding band was his grandfather’s, Sydney wore her great grandmother’s necklace and bracelet, and they incorporated old family photos in remembrance of those who couldn’t be there. After dancing the night away with their favorite people, the newlyweds ended their perfect day by heading off into the night via a sparkler exit!
Congratulations, Sydney and Ben!
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